On this trip, my pianist, singer, and partner in crime, Joy Ellis brought along a Gretchen Parlato album from 2011 called "The Lost and Found". While I was previously familiar with Gretchen, I had yet to hear this album. It quickly became the soundtrack of the trip.
Upon first listen, not knowing who was drumming, I guessed Gregory Hutchinson, or possibly Damion Reed. Somewhat to my surprise it turned out to be Kendrick Scott. My surprise was due to the amount of patience and control he displays on the record. Kendrick is an absolute monster, but I've seen him in person and in videos before and in the live setting he tends to be much busier, and, dare I say, overplay. But here with Gretchen he's a groove machine, while still having some opportunities to let the reins out and open up.
Although he's very much in control, Scott does remain busy, but in a tasteful way. There are grooves on this record that many of us mere mortals would throw a backbeat on and be done with that Kendrick liberally spices with subtle inflection. He also seems to have a way of taking a 4/4 groove and almost giving the impression that it is in an odd time signature.
Check out a few of the grooves:
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